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Partnership to help foster families stay safe from carbon monoxide poisoning

Foster families throughout Cornwall will benefit from a partnership aiming to protect against carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) and the Council’s Family Placement Service have teamed up to supply carbon monoxide detectors in foster carer’s homes.

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CFRS was given 200 detectors and 2,000 CO awareness leaflets following a successful bid to the ‘Be Gas Safe’ programme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and the Gas Safe Charity.

A colourless, odourless and poisonous gas, carbon monoxide is produced by the incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels including gas, oil, wood and coal. Left undetected it can have fatal consequences.

“We have seen a big increase in the number of carbon monoxide incidents in Cornwall over recent years,” said Group Manager Mark Blatchford from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service. “A carbon monoxide detector is as important as a smoke alarm as it provides a valuable early warning. I’m delighted ‘Be Gas Safe’ gave us the detectors and am pleased that the Family Placement Service will be able to put them to good use.”

“We are delighted to be part of this partnership arrangement,” said Nigel Jackson, Cornwall Council’s Family Placement Service Manager. “We take our corporate parenting responsibility seriously and want to protect our children and carers as best we can.”

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